Young Hornets program growing with Super Regional berth

Published 10:36 pm Monday, October 22, 2012

Working hard: Dallas County’s Bryanna Atkinson returns the ball during a practice on Monday as her teammates look on. The Lady Hornets will face Monroe County in the Class 4A Super Regional Tournament in Montgomery on Friday. --Robert Hudson

With just three years under their belt as a program, the Dallas County High School Lady Hornets volleyball team continues its growth with its advancement to the Alabama High School Athletic Association Class 4A Super Regionals.

The Lady Hornets (12-12) will take on Monroe County on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl Multiplex in the first round of the Class 4A Super Regionals.

Linda Moore, head volleyball coach of Dallas County High School, said the program, which is only in its third year, has made great strides, and it has to do with the hard work of the players.

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“We’ve been working hard all year. We’re still in the learning process. We’re a three-year team,” Moore said. “We’ve had a tough schedule, but that schedule has helped us get to the super regional. Right now we’re just trying to tweak some things, work on some things, and work on some weaknesses like attacking and serving.”

Moore added the willingness of the players — some of which who’ve been with the program since the start — to dedicate themselves has been key.

And Moore hopes that the program’s success will attract more girls who want to the play the game of volleyball.

“Our girls have done a really good job. They want to play, and that makes a difference. I have some girls that have been with me since the beginning,” Moore said. “We have seven returning players from last year. They just stay positive and try to let other girls in the school know that volleyball is a good sport, a very active sport, and they’ll love it. So they’ve been trying to get the word out, and we’re hoping that by us making it to the super regionals for a three-year team will have more girls who will want to play.”

Moore said the Lady Hornets will work on attacking and communication among other things during the week leading up to Friday’s game.

Moore said faith and the tough play of the girls is why the program continues rising.

“It’s nothing that I’ve done to get us to this point. I have to give all the praises to God, first of all, for getting us this far,” Moore said. “The girls have done it. They’re the ones that have worked hard, they’re the ones that have given up their time and they’ve been determined to make it back here. So I have to give the credit to them, I’ve just been here as a facilitator.”

With a win over Monroe County on Friday, the Lady Hornets would advance to play the winner of Dadeville and Clarke County on Saturday at 12 p.m.